New Neighbors ELL Program

The New Neighbors English Language Learner (ELL) program offers English classes and services to immigrants and refugees from around the world who have settled in Alexandria and the Northern Virginia area. With a mission of helping families become self-sufficient, the program provides a safe place where people from many cultures can build friendships and become participating members of our community while learning English.

New Neighbors is a two semester, academic year program that includes:

  • Ten levels of adult English classes taught with a structured curriculum utilizing a rich selection of teaching materials
  • Child care during classes for infants through four-year-olds that stresses early literacy and developmentally-appropriate activities
  • Family literacy projects for parents and children to encourage speaking and reading in English at home
  • Guest speakers who provide information on jobs, housing, computer courses, and legal services
  • Field trips and referrals to important community resources

On average, 75-80 percent of students demonstrate enough progress to advance to the next level of instruction at the end of each academic year.  Students report high satisfaction with the classes and enjoy being part of a caring, multicultural community.

Hours & Location

Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, from September to December (fall semester), and January to May (spring semester). Classes are held at Historic Christ Church, Fowler House, 118 North Washington Street, Alexandria 22314.

See "In case of bad weather" paragraph below.

In case of bad weather, New Neighbors will be closed if Alexandria City Public Schools are closed.  If Alexandria City Public Schools are on a delayed opening, New Neighbors classes will start at 10:30 a.m.  Please call Alexandria City Public Schools Hotline at 703-866-5300 to see if schools are closed.

Registration - Spring 2018  Online Registration will open January 2, 2018. But childcare is full at this time. Limited slots will be available for childcare on January 17, at Christ Church on a first come first serve basis. Register online here.

Register in Person: January 17, at Christ Church from 9:30am - 11:30am. Limited slots will be available for childcare on January 17, at Christ Church on a first come first serve basis.

  • New students must take a placement test on January 17, at Christ Church
  • Space is limited. Childcare will be provided

Location: Historic Christ Church- Fowler House. 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314

  • Start: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • End: May 4, 2018
  • Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

Please click here for cost and other information.

Latest News

New Neighbors Spring 2017 Newsletter 

New Neighbors Spring 2016 Newsletter

New Neighbors Fall 2015 Newsletter

New Neighbors Spring 2015 Newsletter

New Neighbors Fall 2014 Newsletter

New Neighbors Spring 2014 Newsletter

Featured in the Alexandria Gazette: "Working Toward English Literacy in Alexandria," December 5, 2014.  View the article here


For more information, contact Marcia D'Arcangelo, Director of New Neighbors ELL and Family Literacy Program, at (703) 224-2361, or